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Longtime NHLer, Cambridge resident, passes away

Dean Prentice spent 22 years in the NHL with five teams, and was a former Recreational Director in Ayr
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Longtime NHLer and Cambridge resident Dean Prentice has passed away. (@NYRangers/Twitter)

Former NHLer Dean Prentice has passed away.

An obituary says he was surrounded by his family when he passed on Saturday at the age of 87 in Cambridge.

The family is expressing their appreciation to resident Marcel and the staff at Granite Landing for their care of Prentice during his short stay there.

Prentice would be best known for his 22-year NHL career with five teams (New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota North Stars) between 1952 and 1974. 

He played 1,378 games and snatched up 860 points (391 goals, 469 assists).

Prentice's brother Eric played five games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1943-44 season.

Eric's son (and Dean's nephew) was former Alberta Premier, the late Jim Prentice.

Born in Schumacher, ON (now a part of Timmins, ON), Prentice won a Memorial Cup with the Guelph Biltmore Madhatters in 1952.

After his career, Prentice later became the Recreation Director with the Township of Ayr.  He, along with his wife (of 65 years, June), joined the Hockey Ministries International staff in 1988.

The obituary says a visitation and celebration of life will take place later on this month in Cambridge.




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